#1
Ok... So I traded 3 old fishin rods that I never use(they were my dad's) to some 82 year old guy who wanted to get rid of the three acoustic guitars he had in his house.

I would like some help identifying them if you could help me please. They all are in need of some nice TLC, but are in ok condition and sound pretty decent.

Guitar 1:
Guy says it's at least 50 years old, and looking at it, I believe him. Brass stop-piece and tuners. Is assumed to be mahogany wood. It has a V shaped neck.




Guitar 2:
Kingston acoustic that looks very purty, no idea when it was made... Believed to be mahogany back and sides...




Guitar 3:
No idea what it is, anyone recognize the logo? It is serial or model number WJ202. That is all I know...


#2
wow that kingston looks sick
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#3
Guitar No 1 could be an old Ibanez (when they were hand built) i was looking at buying a guitar that looked very very similar to yours & it was an Ibanez.

You should be able to google the Kingston as they still make guitars i think.

The 3rd one looks like a cheap knock off, as the purfing looks to be painted on the guitar instead of inlaid. Like the cheaper Kay guitars ?? ive seen that logo but cant recall it. there is a site that just specialises in logos, for recognition of old brands, i think i got onto it through a banjo site.
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#4
Quote by Dix_Fix
Guitar No 1 could be an old Ibanez (when they were hand built) i was looking at buying a guitar that looked very very similar to yours & it was an Ibanez.

Hmmmmm, that would be interesting. Do you happen to have any information/pics on the guitar you were looking at?

You should be able to google the Kingston as they still make guitars i think.

I've tried, it's like a friggin wild goose chase. It is without a doubt from the 50-60s, no later than that. The guitar is in great shape for being that old.

The 3rd one looks like a cheap knock off, as the purfing looks to be painted on the guitar instead of inlaid. Like the cheaper Kay guitars ?? ive seen that logo but cant recall it. there is a site that just specialises in logos, for recognition of old brands, i think i got onto it through a banjo site.

I don't think it's a cheap knockoff, it seems to be mahogany. It could very well be a knockoff, but it doesn't seem to be cheaply made. Someone else told me that that too, could be a Kingston under a different brand. Looking at the headstocks, they are pretty much the exact same shape, so it's a possibility.
#5
The Ibanez guitar i was refering to was approx the same age as yours it had a crappy black or grey label which was oval in shape & had Salvador Ibanez's name on it . With model No. etc. Does yours have an old label mark inside?

Im still betting on the third one being a cheapie , the rosette is painted the purfing is painted it has a bridge that was specifically desigined to put on low end guitars (so it wasnt real important if they got the neck on exactly in the centre) also probably low end on the Kingston for the same (bridge) reason. Also if you look in your pic you posted you can see big glue deposits on the brace , that you can see near the label, you dont get sloppy glueing jobs like that on high end stuff , sorry.
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#6
You can def see a few spots where it looks like there is glue residue from a label in there.

About the other two, I know neither of them are expensive guitars. Kingston was made by Teisco, and they were generally made to look like American guitars. They aren't any top of the line things, but considering they have held up this long and are still in playable condition, I wouldn't call them really cheap quality either.
#7
eXperiment63 I wasn't trying to dampen your enthusiasm for the guitars only trying to give you a realistic idea of how I look at appraising them. This doesnt mean they are sh&it & no reason why they shouldnt play well for another 50 years LOL. The fun of getting stuff like this (not top of the range) is in getting them to sound as good or even great as they possibly can. I personally have a Kay & an Egmond which have similar build qualities, & both sound great once i got them set up right.

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Last edited by Dix_Fix at Aug 26, 2007,